Hackathon competition held in Novi for high school students

NOVI, Mich. – Some of the smartest and brightest high schoolers gathered in Novi on Saturday for a Hackathon.

For those interested in computer sciences, a Hackathon offers an opportunity to learn to put kills to the test.

“I know it’s scary, people think we’re going to hack something, but that’s actually not what happens,” Ronit Tiwary said.

Tiwary and his friend Min Jae You are juniors at Novi High School and they organized the free event, bringing in mentors to teach workshops in web design, coding and more. Participants see who can design and code the best.

“They can build anything they want, whether it be an app or a website or a game, basically anything they can dream of,” Tiwary said.

There are thousands of events like this but none of them in Michigan are for high schools. Everything is geared towards college students.

“The application process is very hard for high school students,” Jae You said. “They’re (college students) already majoring in computer science and engineering so we thought we should give some high schoolers a chance to have the same experience.”

Sisters Olivia and Victoria Bronstein came from Bloomfield Hills to participate.

“I like to create things,” 13-year-old Olivia Bronstein said. “It’s cool that lines of code can be translated to something that everyone in the world can use.”

The competition goes until 11 p.m. and the winners can earn $200 in gift cards. Oakland Flextech Academy sponsored the event.

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